How To Play
The basic aim of Vegas Blackjack is, as with nearly all Blackjack variants, to build a hand of cards that is as close in value to 21 as possible but without exceeding it and going bust. At the end of the round, as long as your hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s is then you have won the round.
The value of the hand is the total of the cards in it. The number cards are worth their face values, the face cards (Jack, Queen, King) are all worth 10 and the Aces are worth either 1 or 11. The most valuable hand is ‘Blackjack’, an Ace and a ten card, and it will beat all other hands.
To start a round, you first need to place your bets for any of the hand positions that you wish to play together with the side bets. When you are happy with your bets click on ‘Deal’ and each active hand will receive two face-up cards. At the same time, the dealer will be dealt one face-up card and one facedown.
There are then three main options for each hand:
- Hit – Receive one more card to the hand
- Stand – Leave the hand as it is and move on to the next hand
- Double – Your bet will be doubled, you’ll receive one more card to the hand, and then play moves on. In this version of Blackjack, if the dealer’s face up card is an 10 card (not an Ace) and you choose to double, if the dealer then has Blackjack then you will receive your Double bet back.
There are occasions when you will have more options:
- Split – If your first two cards have the same value then they can be split and played as separate hands (this doubles your bet). You can then play each hand as regular hands, unless you have split two Aces, in which case you will receive just one more card to each hand. If a split hand contains an Ace and a ten value card then it is considered 21, not Blackjack.
- If the dealer’s face-up card is an Ace, you can take out ‘Insurance’ against the dealer having Blackjack. Insurance costs half of your initial bet and if the dealer does have Blackjack then you are paid out at 2:1.
Theoretically, you can draw 10 cards without going bust. This is called a 10-Card Charlie and it will beat all hands except for if the dealer has Blackjack.
After you have finished playing, the dealer plays. The dealer will draw more cards until the hand is worth 16 and stand as soon as the hand is worth 17 or more.
At the end of a round, winning hands are paid at 2:1 except for Blackjack, which is paid out at 6:5.
Vegas Blackjack offers a number of side bets that could see you win even more. You can place the Player’s and Dealer’s Pair side bet, also known as the Perfect Pairs. This wins when the first two cards dealt to the respective position form either a Perfect Pair, a Coloured Pair or a Red/Black Pair. A Perfect Pair is two cards of the same suit and value, a Coloured Pair is two cards of the same value and colour, but from different suits, a Red/Black Pair is two cards of the same value but different suits and colours. The Perfect Pair pays at 25:1, the Coloured Pair pays at 12:1 and the Red/Black Pair pays at 6:1.
The 21+3 side bet pays if your initial two cards and the dealer’s first card form a Flush, Straight, Three of a Kind, Straight Flush or Suited Three of a Kind combination. A Suited Three of a Kind pays 100:1, a Straight Flush pays 40:1, a Three of a Kind pays 30:1, a Straight pays 10:1 and a Flush pays 5:1.